Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit

Raja Ampat Marine Park entry fee
  • The permit fee for international visitors is 1,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah (~USD 100.00)
  • The permit fee for Indonesian citizens and KITAP holders is IDR 500,000 (This rate is not available for KITAS holders.)
  • Children under 12 years of age are not required to have a permit.
  • The permit is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
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The only permit you need to visit Raja Ampat is the one described on this page. We’re often asked by international travellers if the special Surat Jalan permit required to travel in West Papua is needed for Raja Ampat. A Surat Jalan is not required to visit Raja Ampat. However: Staff at many Indonesian embassies are unaware of this, look up Raja Ampat’s location and then ‘do it by the book’, which says that all visitors to West Papua need a Surat Jalan. To avoid complications if applying for a visa at an embassy, you might want to consider not mentioning your plan to visit Raja Ampat. Nobody checks or cares once you are in Indonesia. (As long as you don’t try to enter a place that a Surat Jalan is required for!)

The Raja Ampat Marine Protected Areas Environmental Services Fee Card (PIN)

This is what the 2017 international visitor permit card looks like. (There are a few different images used.) The 85x55mm plastic card will be punched to indicate its expiry (12 months from the date of issue) and your name, passport number, nationality and signature should be recorded on the back.

Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit

Where does the Raja Ampat entry fee money go?

Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit fees are directed to the operational costs of Raja Ampat’s five Marine Protected Areas (patrols, administration etc) and to community conservation and development programs.

Collection of the funds is the responsibility of a new organisation created to ensure the transparent disbursement of funds: The UPTD BLUD, an autonomous unit within the Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (the local government Department of Oceans and Fisheries).

The reason for the changes are twofold:

1) The organisation previously responsible for collection of the Marine Park fee was the Dinas Pariwisata – the local government Department of Tourism. The corporate structure of the Dinas Pariwisata provided no framework by which it could legally transfer funds collected to the intended recipients. The new UPTD, being incorporated as a BLUD entity, does.

2) The fees have been doubled in order to provide an income stream that will account for a larger percentage of the true Marine Protected Area operational costs and community development programs. Those costs are currently being funded by foreign donors – a situation which obviously isn’t sustainable in the long term.

The Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry Permit tag (or PIN) has been renamed the Tariff to Support Environmental Services in Raja Ampat and must be paid by every visitor to Raja Ampat.

The information below explains the changes, why the Tariff to Support Environmental Services in Raja Ampat is charged and shows how the funds collected are used. Click the images to see larger versions.

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Where to buy Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit tags

There are three authorised distributors of Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit cards. Some Raja Ampat resorts will pre-purchase them on behalf of guests. Homestays do not offer this service as yet. Be wary of anybody else claiming to be able to sell you one.

At the Raja Ampat Conservation & Tourism Information Center in Sorong

January 2018 update: You can no longer purchase entry permits at this office. It’s much more convenient to get them at Waisai anyway. (See below.) Unless you’re headed for Misool, of course. No word yet on where you are supposed to purchase permits if you’re heading for Misool. We’ll leave the office details here anyway, because they can still help with lots of other Raja Ampat stuff.

The Tourism Information Center is directly opposite the airport access road (see photo below).

Contact the Tourism Information Center
Manager: Amy Zarta
Tel: +62951328358
Fax: +62951326576
Mobile: +628114852033
email: info.blud.uptdr4@gmail.com

At the Waisai Port Office Ticket Booth

For everyone visiting the Dampier Strait islands, Waisai is by far the most convenient place to buy the permits.

Permits are currently being sold at the KKPD desk, next to the Raja Ampat Homestay Information Center in the port at Waisai. Both of these offices are currently in the temporary location shown in the gallery below.

NOTE: Permits are sometimes sold instead at a KKPD counter inside the big white and blue port building. If your ferry docks on that side of the harbour, it would probably be worth checking there first.

You may be approached on arrival by men checking to see if you already have a permit. They’ll guide you to the office if not. Don’t pay anywhere except at the office counter.

At the Marinda Airport terminal in Waisai

If you are flying in to Waisai’s Marinda Airport, we’ve been told that you can also purchase the permits there.

At the UPTD KKPD Office in Waisai

The UPTD Office address is Jalan Yosudarso, Siwindores, Waisai. Any ojek (motorbike taxi) or vehicle driver should be able to take you there from the harbour.

The office phone number is +629513170089

The UPTD office is also the place to go to report any instances of environmental damage or illegal fishing that you may witness.

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UPTD office location

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  1. Jeremy on

    Hi,
    Could you please give us the latest price of Park permit fee for 2018?
    Some resort are chargin up to 1,250,000 IDR and that does not seem right.

    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Jeremy

      That’s not right at all. The permit costs 1 million for foreign visitors. They are obviously charging a “service fee” or “commission”. If you pay them to buy you one, make sure you receive a genuine permit card.

      1. Jeremy on

        Ok thanks very much.
        As I will not be going to Wasai, do you know if I can buy it at the airport of Sorong?

        1. Last time we were in Sorong, you couldn’t get one there at all. We believe it’s to do with the fact that Sorong is not part of the Raja Ampat regency, but then – how are people heading for Misool supposed to buy one? Perhaps there’s a place in Misool?

          All we can suggest is that you check at the Sorong Tourism Information Center (see above) to find out if anything has changed…

  2. Joaquin Rodríguez on

    It is a terrible horror, a lack of law and regulations in your region, and over all a sample of ignorance of the people in Sorong with the killing of crocodiles. It is outrageous and despictable what happened there.

    1. Sorong is not part of Raja Ampat, Joaquin, but we agree – it’s a terrible horror indeed, as must have been the death of the man that sparked the slaughter.

      Crocodiles are protected under Indonesian law, which begs the question: For what purpose and with what permits did that “farm” exist? We visited it 4 years ago, and to call it a “farm” is very generous indeed. It was more like a crocodile prison, and there was no sign then of it being any kind of viable business.

      We would be very surprised if the Papuan communities it was established among were the owners or benefited from its existence in any way. If that is the case, then perhaps that goes some way toward explaining the community’s extreme reaction when one of their own was killed by the animals there.

      Whatever the case, it is despicable that those poor animals were treated the way they were, and it’s certain that there’s a lot more to the story than the sensational headlines and video clip convey.

  3. Hartung on

    Hi, we are planning to get picked up in Sorong to go straight to Batanta. We will leave 18 days later from Waisai by plane.
    Is it possible to purchase the permit at the end of the trip? Hartung

  4. javier leon on

    We arrived by plane at Waisai and it was impossible to find a place to pay the permit. Nobody asked us for the permit and we went to our homestay without it. After ten days we took the ferry back to Sorong and inside the ship a rude guy from Raja Ampat community (or something like that) made pressure to get the money. I think that Raja Ampat should take care of all the visitors (ferry or plane) and provide a easy way to pay the fee.
    Anyway, another places in Indonesia (like Togean, Banda, Mentawai…) have the same enviroments problems and they are free of charge. It is not a good idea demand 100 dollars (plus expensive boat trips, homestays, diving…) to enjoy these paradise islands. It is not cheap to arrive at Raja Ampat and the incredible cost of the permit is an abuse for the independent travellers. Maybe Raja Ampat only want high class tourist (and then why the existence of homestays?). I read carefully all about the entry permit but I think that the exaggerated cost is negative for the local communities and it dont help to promote the devolpment of the area.
    it is only my personal opinion.

  5. Levi on

    Hi a friend of mine recently visited Raja Ampat and I was wondering if I could enter the park with his PIN? There is no name or passport number on the bag of the tag.

    1. Hi Levi

      Not sure if we’re understanding you correctly, but the permit is as described above: It’s a punched card with a picture on it, with the back containing some text and fields in which a name and passport number is recorded.

      If what you have is a tag, not a card with those features, then it is not the permit you need.

      We have never seen a proper permit card that has been issued blank and don’t know what any inspector might make of that if that’s indeed what you have.

  6. Tim on

    Do we need to pay cash for the entry permit or can we use a credit card?

  7. anna-sophie dhenin on

    How can we buy a permit if we are a visiting yacht (international) , cleared, with visa for indonesia, and it is not possible to go to waisai because it is out of your itinerary? Can we buy it online? Or make a bank transfer and then it gets mailed to us in Australia? So it is sorted before departure?

    Thanks you in advance for your answer!

    1. Hi Anna-Sophie

      To the best of our knowledge, the permits are currently only available in Waisai as described above. There is no way to purchase them online. If you’re part of an organised trip of some kind, then it would be up to your local service provider to organise them for you. We don’t know how independent travellers headed to Misool are supposed to buy them!

      1. Anna-sophie Dhenin on

        Hi, we are not on an organized trip, we are on a independent sail yacht. Going to Waisai is against wind, and tides and can’t be done. We are willing to pay the fees and support the local economy as much as we can. It’s sad we can’t do it and if we still go there (which we might without permit), we run the risk to have disputes with locals over it . This might deter a lot of international yachts to visit. Please let us know when the fees can be paid online.

        1. If the responsible authorities ever decide to make the permits available online, we’ll definitely let everyone know. Both here on the website and via our social media channels.

  8. Narelle Zappas on

    Does the ferry from Sorong to Waisai run on Sundays, I was told they don’t. If so what times.

  9. Anees Adenwala on

    Hello
    Greetings from Orca Dive Club,Mumbai India
    Could you please help us with the matter:
    We were to sail from Ambon to Banda into the Raja Ampat from the 24th November to 6th December 2017, however we sailed up to Misool and unfortunately our live aboard MY Sea Horse of Indo Cruises had mechanical failure and we had to cut short our trip and we missed out on diving in the Raja Ampat completely.
    Our permits are valid until 6th December 2018 but we are unable to get a reservation on a liveaboard before that . The charter we are looking at is only available from the 8th to 16th December 2018…
    Can our valid Raja Ampat marine park fee permit that expires on the 6th December 2018 be extended for a few more days in December 2018 itself. Looking forward to hearing from you..

    Thank You
    Regards
    Team Orca Dive Club

    1. Hello Anees

      Our understanding is that you would have to buy new permits. You would need to contact the UTPD KKPD office (details above) to ask if extensions are possible.

      1. Anees Adenwala on

        Hello
        Thank you for messaging back … we have tried calling the numbers mentioned above i.e +62951328358 as well as +629513170089 but there has been no reply .

        Could you help us with an alternate number

        We have also sent an email to info.blud.uptdr4@gmail.com , but once again no reply.

        Kindly do guide us s that we can follow up for this

        Await your reply

        Thank you

        Regards

        Anees

  10. Carolyn on

    Slightly different topic, but I heard that soon all liveaboard boats will need to be moored near Waisai and visit the dive sites in this area by using smaller boat only. Does anyone know if this is confirmed and where I could find more information? Thanks everyone!

    1. We can’t confirm if that’s true or not Carolyn, but the idea has been floating around for a few years now. Perhaps the recent damage done to the reef on Kri’s southern coast by a liveaboard which dragged its anchor during a storm and was blown ashore there has triggered some action?

      Moorings should have been made mandatory years ago: The unseen damage done to reefs every year by liveaboard anchors is far in excess of that done by the highly publicised Caledonian Sky incident.

      If this latest rumour is true, the Indonesian Liveaboard Association should surely know?

      1. Carolyn on

        Thank you so much for the information. I agree, moorings are much better for the reef than all this random anchor dropping. I’ll follow up with the link you sent. Cheers!

  11. Ngatinishot on

    Great article.. all I need to find out what PIN is. Was at Misool RA lastweek and lucky me, I don’t have to purchase PIN because we went to the islands with elders from Fafanlap and Foley village who claimed as the owner of some Islands and places at RA. Yes sounds funny that they said they own the nature, but this is what happen at Raja Ampat.

  12. Peter on

    Hello Stay RA
    We are Kitas holders visiting RA in january. Your article content above states International Guests Rp1m and Residents Rp500k for the Marine Park Entry permit. The tariff document above states International and Domestic, the latter of which would normally include Kitas holders though these are not the same status a Resident. Can you please confirm which fee applies to Kitas holders.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Peter

      Our experience has been that only Indonesian citizens qualify for the domestic price. Holding a KITAS did not qualify.

  13. Kriss on

    Germany Lady, name Annette not buy permit. stay mambetron and delvin homestay. she make tour Arbrek, Manta sandy and other places. why she not pay like everyone else?

    why she not get fine and thrown out of Raja Ampat? we not need people like this.

    1. Saita on

      because she is clever :)

  14. Anna-Tina on

    Hello! I am not sure if i understand this right, so this permit is for the entry means once or daily?

    1. Hi Anna-Tina

      Sorry if it’s confusing!

      “The permit is valid for 12 months from date of purchase” means that you pay once and can enter as many times as you like for the next 12 months.

  15. chiara on

    Hello! I will fly into raja ampat from sorong on the 25th december, I’ll arrive in sorong at 7.30 and then I’ll fly to marinda raja ampat airport at 13:45. Since it is Christmas day, I think every office will be closed, how can I get the entrance permit?
    Thank you for, regards

    1. Hi chiara

      As far as we know, the Waisai office is open every day.

  16. Sylvia on

    FYI only, I’m an Indonesian resident with kitap and I paid IDR 500k only, my two children, age 12 and 13 who are holding Indonesian passports did not pay any entrance fee. You can easily purchase your entrance ticket at Waisai after arriving with the ferry.

    1. Thanks for the update Sylivia. Good news for kitap holders! (The lower price wasn’t available for us with kitas though.)

  17. Jamie on

    Hi

    I arrive on Sunday – out of all days and will be taking a ferry over to Raja Ampat.

    Where will be the place place to purchase a permit pass for Raja Ampat?
    In Sorong or Waisai?

    Thank you
    Jamie

  18. Eliza Straathof on

    Hi,
    We are coming to Raja Ampat in the end off november. Our flight from Makassar arrives in Sorong at 07.30. I read about the ferries and saw that many times they leave later. Do you think that it’s possible to take the Ferry to Waisai at 0900 or do we have to wait until 1400? And where is the best way to buy our entry permit?

    Greets,
    Eliza

    1. Hi Eliza

      You should have no problem making the 0900 ferry if your flight lands on time. Best place to buy the entry permit would be at the Waisai port office as described above.

      1. steve on

        Hi,
        I heard it: there is no ferry at 9 am, only start 14pm.
        It’s a rumor or not? :)

        1. That seems unlikely steve

          The ferry timetables published on this page were correct a few weeks ago. Perhaps a 0900 one was cancelled on one day? Anything’s possible!

  19. Gaby Motuloh on

    We were in Raja Ampat in March 2017 and wanted to pay the fee but were not able to both when arriving and leaving.
    We arrived on Sunday and the office in Sorong was closed and nobody in Waisai either to pay.
    We thought we could pay it before leaving but as we got to Waisai for the 9am ferry to Sorong, nobody was there accepting the fee. People said there were supposed to be officials at a desk across the ferry ticket counter but they were not around.
    Were there many others like us?
    If the government is serious about this, why not making it easy for people to pay instead of just placing info banners every where?
    Since most people use ferry to reach Raja Ampat, one solution can be to partner with the ferry company so they can be a collecting agent.

    1. You’re not alone Gaby – this happens all too frequently.

      It seems to us that the obvious solution is to make the permits available for sale at homestays. The Homestay Association is working toward making this happen, but it remains to be seen whether the UPTD/KKPD will be amenable to that idea.

      If all else fails, the Homestay Association is planning to buy the permits for their guests and have them ready when meeting guests in Waisai. That would mean guests would need to pay for them via the website prior to arrival. We’ll see what happens!

      1. Gaby Motuloh on

        Thanks for your response.
        Hope things will work out fine that the next time we go, we can pay.

      2. Walter Novak on

        Hi,is there any way to buy the Permit at the Airport of waisai?

        1. Not yet Walter. Only at the port or UPTD office as described above.

          UPDATE: Good news! Thanks to Pim, we now know that you can indeed buy permits at the airport!

          1. Pim on

            It is possible at the airport of wasai

  20. Jana on

    Hi

    We will be going to Raja Ampat in a few weeks and would like to know about payments. Do we need all IDR or can we buy certain things (like PIN, homestays,…) with euro’s or credit card?

    Thanks
    Jana

  21. Jessica on

    Hi

    My husband and I will be travelling to Sorong from Jakarta and then on to Wasai. Due to our flight times, we do not require a night in Sorong. However, we will be arriving on a Saturday morning from Jakarta and intend on getting the 12pm ferry to Wasai. How would you suggest that we purchase our entry permits?

    Thanks in advance,

    Jessica

    1. As above Jessica. Either from the Sorong office opposite the airport access road, or from the Waisai port office. Most people find the Waisai option more convenient because the Sorong office doesn’t open until about 10am.

  22. Natalie Kuhlwind on

    hello, we are currently in indonesia and are thinking of coming to Raja Ampat next month…as we have already cleared into the country would it be easier to get our marine park entry tag at Waisai instead of Sorong?
    another query i have is that we are sailing with a small dog…are dogs allowed into the marine park even if they stay onboard?
    thanks for your time, Nat

    1. Hi Nat –

      Yes – definitely easier to get the permits at Waisai. I think your dog should be fine: There’s nothing about pets in the rules and there are plenty of dogs on the inhabited islands in the MPAs!

  23. Anderson on

    Hi,

    Whats the distance between where the ferry arrives in Wasai and the office where you buy the Raja Ampat permit ? I will be travelling alone and have a lot of gear on me.

    Also, is there a mini-mart type of place at Wasai or Sorong ports where you can buy supplies (snacks, drinks, etc) ?

    1. Hi Anderson –

      It’s maybe 200m from the usual ferry wharf to the building pictured above. If you have booked using the website booking form and requested a pickup, your hosts will meet you at the ferry. They would be able to take care of your gear while you buy the permit. There’s no mini-mart, but there are small stalls inside the port building that sell drinks and snacks.

  24. Chris on

    Hi,

    I am wondering if there is a booth set up inside the Sorong Airport where I can purchase the Entry Fee PIN? (instead of going to the office across the airport)

    1. Not that we’ve seen Chris. As mentioned above though: You don’t have to get them in Sorong – there’s an office at the port in Waisai that sells them.

  25. Anders Bille on

    Hi David

    Can you please let us know if the ferry schedule on this site is updated i.e. that there is morning ferries on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays only?

    We are arriving in Sorong on a Sunday morning around 6 am and wonder if there is a morning ferry on Sundays.

    Thanks,

    BR
    Anders

    1. Hi Anders –

      The ferry schedule is as published here. It was correct when we last visited in September 2016 and to the best of our knowledge has not changed since then.

  26. David on

    Hi! Is it possible to pay the PIN in dollars? Thanks!

    1. Hi David –

      It’s supposed to be paid in IDR, but you might be able to pay in dollars. Although if it did prove possible, you would almost certainly get a terrible exchange rate.

  27. Mariella MW on

    Hi i tried the email for the Raja Ampat tourist office on this page but it didn’t work (nfo.blud.uptdr4@gmail.com ). is there another email address I can use? I am trying to find out when the ferries are from Sorong- Misool. Thank you! Mariella

    1. Hi Mariella –

      When you say “didn’t work” do you mean you haven’t had a reply, or that your email was undeliverable? (The address you have quoted is missing the first “i”.)

      In case you haven’t seen it already, the latest Sorong-Misool ferry timetable that that we know of is published on the Misool homestay pages.

  28. LI ZHEN on

    What about permit fee for international visitors with KITAS. According to the regulation of indonesian government , the cost for international visitors with KITAS to purchase ticket in Indonesia should refer to that of Indonesian citizens.

    The permit fee for international visitors is 1,000,000 Indonesian Rupiah (~USD 100.00)
    The permit fee for Indonesian citizens is IDR 500,000

    1. Hi Li Zhen –

      The regulation establishing the permit fees says that only Indonesian citizens can purchase the permit for IDR 500,000 – it does not provide the same for KITAS holders. We have been told that KITAS holders must pay IDR 1,000,000.

    2. Terry on

      Having travelled extensively throughout Indonesia from west to east for the past 10 years, I feel that the 1,000,000 IDR for international visitors to visit Raja Ampat is not justified and a con. Nobody knows where the money goes. I assure you It is likely to go into the pockets of corrupt individuals. Indo people have a perception that all westerners are rich so they can charge them what they like. This is not true as not all westerners are rich especially in Europe.

      Tnsportation costs in Raja Ampat are astronomical too and are clearly not justified either. I can assure you that there are many homestay owners in Raja Ampat who are a lot richer then some of us westerners. Yes, Raja Ampat is beautiful but so are other places in Indonesia which are just as beautiful and much cheaper.

      1. Hi Terry –

        You’re not alone in that assessment, but it’s an inaccurate one. Both the amount of the fee and its disbursement as described above were set in close consultation with Conservation International and CI continues to provide support and have staff working with the UPTD BLUD. Where the money goes is transparently documented.

        The permit price has been deliberately set precisely to discourage the development of a mass tourism industry in Raja Ampat. This is an approach successfully employed in places like Bhutan to protect environments susceptible to damage from high tourist numbers.

        Transport costs in Raja Ampat are definitely more expensive than they need to be, but have fallen substantially over the last six years and will continue to do so until they reach the appropriate market level. To expect transport in Raja Ampat to ever be as cheap as elsewhere in Indonesia is unrealistic though, as the base fuel price in Raja Ampat is twice what it is in the rest of the country.

        In the end, it’s up to the individual. If you think it’s worth it, go. If you don’t, then – as you so rightly point out – there are plenty of other, cheaper alternatives.

  29. Feike de Graaff on

    Hi there,

    We are travelling to Raja Ampat next week and I was wondering whether it is possible to purchase the PIN in advance, so we only need to collect it at the office?

    Thanks in advance for your answer!

    1. Hi Feike –

      Yes – as mentioned above, you can contact the office to arrange prepayment by bank transfer.

      1. Feike de Graaff on

        Do you by any chance know the BIC/SWIFT code of the bank account they use, and the address of the recipient?

        1. Sorry Feike – we don’t. You need to contact them by one of the methods provided above if you want to pay in advance.

  30. Barry van Zyl on

    To whom it may concern

    Do we need an additional permit to travel in West Papua?

    We are doing a trip to Raja Ampat in May but will fly into Sorong and then after the trip back to Bali, thus we wont do any additional traveling in the west Papua area

    I would appreciate some feedback regarding this matter

    Thanx Barry

    1. Hi Barry –

      Like it says right there at the top of this page: “The only permit you need to visit Raja Ampat is the one described on this page. We’re often asked by international travellers if the special Surat Jalan permit required to travel in West Papua is needed for Raja Ampat. A Surat Jalan is not required to visit Raja Ampat.”

    2. Sophie Vanhaverbeke on

      Hi,

      Thanks for all good tips here! We’re planning to travel to Raja Ampat in September 2016. Can we book the ferry from Sorong to Raja Ampar islands online in advance ?
      Thanks!

      1. Hi Sophie

        You can’t, but you won’t have any problem getting one on arrival.

  31. Marcus on

    Will be comming to Raja Ampat this week, was wondering for the required documents we need to get the permit? We will travel directly from Jakarta to Sorong so can’t really make any copies of the visum as we would only get this in Jakarta airport, is it possible to get copies made when paying for the permit?

    1. Hi Marcus – you don’t need any documents to be able to purchase the Entry Permit. You just need to show your passport and pay the fee.

  32. Wirawan on

    Hi,
    I will be sailing from bira to sorong and dive in misool before disermbark in sorong port.
    How can I buy the pin ?

    1. Hi Wirawan –

      Dive boats generally organise permits for all their clients, so they should be doing that for you. If they don’t (you should be given your permit by the boat), you can always pay for one in Sorong when you disembark. Also if they don’t: Make sure you report that to us or the tourism office! ;)

  33. Moeijensoon Jacques on

    Bonjour,
    Quel sont les démarges pour obtenir le permis pour avoir accès aux parc marins et quel est son prix et depuis Sorong ?
    Merçi d’avance .

    1. Hi Jacques –

      We have no French, so forgive us for answering in English. You pay IDR 1,000,000 per person for a permit and you buy them in Sorong or Waisai at one of the 3 offices described and pictured above.

  34. Ben on

    I am an Indonesian Citizen but will be travelling to Indonesia on my Australian passport (dual citizen). Can I still get the entry permit tag at the IDR500,000 price and will I have to bring my Indonesian passport to the ticket office with me?

    1. Hi Ben –

      You need to show proof of Indonesian citizenship to get the lower rate, so you’ll need to take your Indonesian passport or KTP.

  35. Natasha on

    Hi,
    I was in raja ampat in August 2015. Is my marine tag valid until August 2016?
    The dive resort i am booking with for february 2016 claims that tags are valid for one year from 31 january to 31 january and therefore mine is no longer valid?

    1. Hi Natasha –

      From Feb 1 2015, all permits are valid for one year from date of purchase, so the only way that what the resort is telling you could be true is if they sold you an old permit instead of one of the new ones.

      You should have been given your permit. The new ones are in the form of a card, the old ones were a plastic disc. Both clearly show the expiry date.

  36. Sandhie Marlim on

    Hi there…
    is there any hostel near the airport of Sorong?
    How much is per night?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Sandhie

      The nearest accommodation to the airport is the JE Meridien hotel. It is opposite the airport exit, a few hundred metres to the right. See their website for prices.

  37. OliviA on

    Hi! Is it true that the 9am ferry today got cancelled?

    1. We’re not based in Raja Ampat Olivia, so we can’t say. We do know that the 2pm one on Mon Nov 30 had its Sorong departure delayed by 4 hours to due an overloading issue. Delays occasionally happen, but we’ve never heard of a cancellation before. Anything’s possible though.

  38. Linda on

    Hi! I will be visiting Raja Ampat in a couple of months. I understand that I have to pay the entry permit fee of 100 USD.

    My guide tells me that I have to pay a 100 USD harbour fee as well. Can you tell me what is this harbour fee for? Thanks!

    Linda

    1. Hi Linda –

      All harbours charge fees to vessels using their facilities to cover their operating costs. It’s much like paying to use a carpark. Harbour fees are usually charged per vessel though, not per passenger. We have no idea what the Sorong harbour fees are, or how many people are on your boat, so can’t say if the USD100 you’re being asked for is a reasonable amount or not.

  39. Jennifer on

    We will be visiting R4 in December.
    We fly into Sorong, landing at 12:25pm. We had planned on taking the 2pm ferry and getting our Marine Park Entry Tag in Waisai at the Port Office.
    However, this page says the ferry leaves Sorong at 2pm (if on time) and takes 2 hours to cross. It also says the Port Office closes at 4pm. Would we be better to get our permits at JE in Sorong?
    Does the process take a long time?
    Thank you!!

    1. Hi Jennifer –

      The Waisai office stays open until the ferry arrives and won’t close until the passengers have dispersed, so get them there. (You won’t have time in Sorong.)

  40. Budi on

    Hi, we have plan a cruise ship will visit Raja Ampat next month, passengers will pay for the entry permit, what about the crew member? Are they must pay the entry permit too?

    1. Halo Budi –

      Sorry, but we don’t know. We don’t think crew would have to pay. Suggest you ask cruise company!

  41. lebault on

    Do the children have to pay a marine park entry permit tag?

    1. Hi lebault –

      Yes, children 12 years old and above need the permit. Children under 12 do not. (And thanks for pointing out that that info wasn’t included above!)

  42. Small Bubbles on

    Dear all,

    I would like to know about the last updates regarding the permit.
    I am spending a lot of time in Indonesia and I would like to know if the permit is really valid from the day of purchase until the end of the calendar year? Or is now for a 12 months period?
    I read all the messages on the forum and it seems that nothing was entirely definite up until recently (cf June messages).
    Basically, I would like to know if I can purchase my permit now to go there very soon. And then come back with friends in a few months without purchasing a new one. And possibly regularly.
    Please advise.
    Thank you for your time guys.
    Have fun!

    1. Hi Small Bubbles –

      The information at the top of this page is correct: The permit is valid for 12 months from date of purchase. You can’t buy one anywhere except in the offices at Sorong and Waisai.

      NOTE: The Sorong office has moved from the JE Meridien Hotel to a shop of its own directly opposite the airport exit. We’ll soon be adding that updated information to this page.

      1. ben on

        Hi, I have a permit that I bought on February 16 2015, and am coming back in February 2016, arriving on the 20th.

        Will I need to buy a new permit or is it valid for the full month of February?

        Thanks
        Ben

        1. Hi ben –

          That permit will expire on Feb 16, 2016 so you’ll need to purchase a new one.

  43. Tim on

    Hi!

    I’m planning a trip for two to stay in Raja from 23 – 30 Juli. We were looking at both kayak4conservation and the resorts on Kri Island. I can’t seem to find out where to book the homestays connected to kayak4conservation. Is this part of stayrajaamapt or do I need to contact somebody else?

    Many thanks in advance!!

    Tim

    1. Hi Tim.

      Which homestays you’ll need to book will depend on the route you have planned. The K4C website has some maps than can help with that.

      You need to arrange your homestay accommodation directly with the homestays themselves – they are independent of K4C. You can click any location title on our accommodation page to quickly find all homestays that area, and our full page map will help locate ones along your route. (Click any icon on the map for more info and links.)

  44. brad on

    Hi!

    I noticed in the comments that as of January, there had been nobody at tourist information in waisai at the port, and that they are moving to the Village.

    Has this move happened, or can PINs still be purchased at the port?

    1. Hi Brad

      When we were there in Feb 2015 the port office was open as usual. There are no plans to close it as far as we know. If the port office is closed permits can also be purchased in Waisai from the UPTD KKLD office as above.

  45. Monika on

    Hi!

    Do I need the entry permit to visit the Marine Park, OR I need the entry permit to simply go and stay on Raja Ampat? Does EVERYONE staying on Raja Ampat needs an entry permit?

    Thanks!

    monika

    1. Yes Monika, you need the permit.

      As it says above: “The Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry Permit tag (or PIN) has been renamed the Tariff to Support Environmental Services in Raja Ampat and must be paid by every visitor to Raja Ampat.”

  46. Anne-Laure on

    Hi!
    I will go to Raja Ampat in the middle of February 2015. I guess the new fees will be applied (Rp. 500,000 for Indonesian and Rp. 1,000,000 for foreigners)
    How much costs the PIN when we have a KITAS? Meaning we are foreigners but we are living and paying our taxes in Indonesia?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Anne-Laure

      No discount for KITAS holders has been announced, so as far as we know anyone who doesn’t have an Indonesian passport will pay IDR 1,000,000

  47. maria on

    Nobody at tourist infirmation in waisai at the port. They say they come when the ferry comes, but not always.
    They are moving to the Village although the office is not finished yet. Good luck.

    1. Hi Maria –

      Thanks for the update :)
      Responsibility for collection of the permit fees is being transferred at the end of this month to a new collection body. It sounds like there’s going to be some confusion during the handover period! It was so convenient to be able to get them at the port too – hopefully that won’t change.

      1. Lianne on

        Hi,
        we arrive in waisai on sunday the 1th of march, we fly in in the morning, at sorong, and trying to get the ferry at 14.00.
        so if i understand it correctly we can get a permit after getting of the ferry, at the ferry terminal?
        If not it is also possible to get it on monday? Or do you really need one on the day you arrive?
        Thank you, Lianne!

        1. Hi Lianne – yes – when we were there last week the office described above was open when the ferry arrived. You could leave it to Monday, sure – but the office is usually only open at ferry arrival times.

  48. Tobi on

    We have bought a permite on 20.03.2014.
    Is this permite valid for one year (expires on 19.03.15) or expires ther permite on 31.1.15 as printed on the permite?

    1. Hi Tobi – All existing permits will expire on the date printed on the permit.

      1. Tobi on

        Thank you for your answer.
        If I buy a permit tag at the end of January 2015. The price is 500.000. How long is this permit tag, which I bought this month, valid?

        1. You’re welcome Tobi.

          I don’t know what the official view on that is, but I believe that if you purchased a permit in late January, it would be valid for your entire stay, even if your departure was after February 1. I’m also fairly certain though, that you would need to purchase one of the new 12 month ones if you were to return to Raja Ampat later.

  49. Craig on

    Some info regarding PIN’s reportedly being valid for 12 months.
    I arrived in Waisai on 24.11.14 and purchased a PIN at the Tourist Info Centre.
    The PIN has an expiry date of 31.01.15, and the receipt states “this entrance tag is valid for calender year (January-December)”. As I was expecting the PIN to be valid for 12 months, I asked for clarification of the expiry date and it was confirmed by the issuing staff member that the PIN expired on 31.01.15 and after that date a new PIN would need to be purchased.
    If this is true, it is absurd, because there is potential for a visitor being required to buy 2 PIN’s if the date of 31.01.15 is passed whilst in Raja Ampat. In my case, I would like to return later in 2015, so I would be required to purchase another PIN even if the original is only 10 months old.
    As an aside, 2 guys associated with this website were present when I enquired, and one of them (Australian…I think) suggested they were valid within a calendar year, not 12 months.
    Perhaps someone can obtain official clarification of a PIN validity period?

    1. Hi Craig –

      It is indeed true (and absurd!) that PINs are valid for a calendar year, not from the date of purchase.

      Although this would indeed imply that being charged twice is possible, I doubt that would ever happen in practice. Keeping the receipts issued with the tag to prove date of purchase would be wise though.

      PIN fees will be doubled in 2015 and hopefully the validity period issue will be addressed as well.

      Cheers
      Doug
      SRA admin (& the guy you met in Waisai)

      1. Krista Clement on

        Hi All (& Doug)-

        To clarify re: PIN- as of January 2015, the PIN system was transferred from the local government tourism authority (Dinas Pariwisata) to the local government organization charged with managing Raja Ampat’s five marine protected areas (UPTD BLUD under Dinas Keluatan dan Perikanan). This is to ensure that the money is more transparently going toward the operation of Raja Ampat’s marine protected areas as well as community conservation and development activities in the region.

        With the transfer of this system to the UPTD, the entry fee was raised to 1,000,000 for foreign visitors and 500,000 for Indonesian visitors VALID FOR A YEAR FROM DATE OF PURCHASE. The new entry fee cards (moving away from a PIN) will be issued beginning Feb 1, 2015.

        Plans to socialize the new system (to homestays, hotels, liveaboards, other operators) are currently being developed by some very hard working individuals. More communication will be made available as it is created.

        Keep in mind this type of system in Indonesia, a payment for ecosystem services aka conservation, is a very new concept (in fact, Raja Ampat is the first!) and it has been a challenge to sell this concept as well as establish and implement a system that can pay for conservation. There will be wrinkles to be ironed out as this system is implemented, but hopefully the communities, visitors and tourism operators in Raja Ampat will have a bit of patience :)

        1. Great update Krista and thanks for posting it here – we’ve been wondering when the new scheme would be implemented! We’ll update the info on the page above and look forward to hearing of further developments as they happen.

          Thanks again

          Doug
          SRA Admin

  50. Chris on

    I have booked a liveaboard diving holiday in Raja Ampat. Does the boat normally arrange for the purchase or do I need to deal with it?

    1. You need to ask your liveaboard operator about that Chris. It’s our understanding that most include it in the cost.

  51. Mike on

    What happens if we arrive on a Saturday or a Sunday? Our homestay host will be picking us up: what happens if we don’t have a park permit?

    1. Hi Mike –

      It’s been our experience that the office at Waisai – although closed the rest of the weekend – is open for permit sales when the ferry arrives on Saturdays and Sundays. There are men on the wharf asking if you have a PIN (permit) and directing you to the office shown above if you don’t. If you find that’s not the case on arrival, you should be able to organise for your hosts to pick one up for you. If park rangers find you without one fines usually apply.

  52. Claudia on

    We’ve been in August and it was still 500.000 IDR.

    We received an SMS from Husna from TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE OF WAISAI and the office’s hours are:
    from Monday to Thursday 8AM to 4PM
    Friday 8AM to 3PM
    and is CLOSED ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

    1. Thanks for the update and new info Claudia – much appreciated :)

  53. Riot Nrrrd™ on

    Any updates on this fee? My final destination is telling me the same thing, “Bring 500,000 IDR but be prepared in case it is 1,100,000 IDR”

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Despite the signage, we still haven’t heard of anyone being charged 1,000,000 at the Meridien office, Riot

      1. Riot Nrrrd™ on

        Thank you again. If the plane arrives at 13:15 and I have to make a crazy dash for the ferry, I guess I would have to buy the pass out on Waisai somewhere?

        1. Stay Raja Ampat on

          Yep – as above :-)

        2. CHRISTIAN on

          Bonjour

          est-il possible d’acheter le droit d’entrée sur Waisia

          1. Hi Christian

            If you are asking if it is possible to buy the permit in Waisai then yes – it is.

            See the information below “At the Waisai Tourist Information Centre” on the page above.

  54. Joshua on

    Hi there, my dive operator is claiming a harbour fee apart from the permit. Any idea if this is true?

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Hi Joshua. That’s a question we haven’t been asked before – and we don’t know the answer. It’s certainly reasonable to assume the harbour authorities charge him a fee if he berths his boat at the harbour. No idea how much that would be though! Imagine it would depend on the size and type of boat…

  55. Lili on

    Hi, I am heading to Raja Ampat and planning to obtain the permit in Sorong. Any updates if the price is Rp1000k or Rp500k ? Thanks !

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Hi Lili – The price is definitely still 500,000

  56. Tom on

    Is it generally acceptable (and reliable) to obtain the Entrance Tags in Waisai rather than Sorong ?
    My plane arrival doesn’t allow much time to get from the airport to the Ferry. A stop at the Meridien Hotel might cause us to miss the boat. ?

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Definitely acceptable, but not 100% sure about the reliability of that Tom. (Only because we don’t know the operating hours of the Waisai office.) Anybody got further info about that?

  57. Mikhail Goldovskiy on

    I got mine in Sorong, at the tourism office in Meridien. Here are the receipts:

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Thanks Mikhail – that’s proof positive! It looks like the authorities have rethought it. Either that or they’re taking a *really* long time to implement it. Good news really for those of us on limited budgets. :)

      1. Steve Hoge on

        I bet they’re just waiting to use up their stock of the old pre-printed 350K/150K forms! ;-)

        1. Stay Raja Ampat on

          :P Could be Steve…

    2. Jason Haiselden on

      This is realy interesting as many of the liveaboards out there are charging in the hundreds of US$ for a park fee.

      1. Stay Raja Ampat on

        Either the liveaboard boats you’re referring to have to pay extra charges to enter and moor in the park or they’re blatantly profiteering Jason. The approved fee is IDR 1,000,000 per international tourist for an entry permit valid for 12 months.

      2. Dominic Elson on

        The liveaboards should only charge you the face value of the PIN fee, which for now is still Rp.500,000 (but it will hopefully be increased to 1m in the next few months). Liveaboard operators are obliged to pay an extra annual fee for entering the Raja Ampat waters, but it is only Rp.10m for boats up to 10 guests, rising to Rp.30m for 17-24 guests. So a 10 berth boat doing one trip a month, fully loaded, will pay about USD 6 per guest over the year. This is peanuts, and I would be very surprised if any liveaboard operator tried to add this to the customer’s bill. If you find a liveaboard trying to charge you more than 500,000 for the PIN, or more than about USD 20 to cover their operating permit (let’s allow them some profit), then you should certainly question this, and post your experience here and on Trip Advisor etc.

  58. Stay Raja Ampat on

    According to Anna and Mikhail’s comments below, you can still get RA Entrance Tags for IDR500,000 in Waisai. An official announcement of the increase to IDR1,000,000 for foreign visitors was made on July 1, 2012 and hasn’t been retracted as far as we know.

    Perhaps the Tourist Information Center at Waisai hasn’t been told? Or perhaps the tags being sold there aren’t legitimate? Has anybody purchased one at the Sorong Management Team office recently? It’d be nice to clear up the confusion!

  59. Michaela van Nes on

    What about Kitas rates? Are there any?

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      You could certainly try showing them your blue book but we’ve never heard of a discount for KITAS holders. As far as we know, it’s 250K for Indonesian citizens and a juta for everybody else.

  60. Nic on

    Are you sure the dive-tag costs 1.000.000 Rp now (double)? Can`t find that info anywhere else..

    1. Stay Raja Ampat on

      Yes – it’s true Nic.

      1. Anna Erman on

        500.000 Rp in Waisai in june 2013

        1. Mikhail Goldovskiy on

          And the same 500.000 was in January 2013

          1. Jason Haiselden on

            I’d realy like to know the organisation that sets the fee – I’m happy to contribute but feel that someone somewhere is milking this. There must be an official web page somewhere?

            1. Stay Raja Ampat on

              Hi Jason. Have you seen the info linked by the “why and how” and “where the money goes” links in the article above? I’ll confirm and post more info for you, but my understanding is that the fee was set by the Raja Ampat regency government and community stakeholder groups in consultation with NGOs working on Raja Ampat conservation projects. There has been no “milking” to date. In fact, there’s a sizeable amount of cash in the community development fund awaiting agreement on its allocation. The official Raja Ampat government website (Bahasa Indonesia) is at http://rajaampatkab.go.id but it’s full of 404s and not much help.

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